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Old 11-18-04, 12:48 PM
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Question Practice/rain tire for beginner Pro7.

Sorry to be such a pest.

I bought a pre-built Pro7 car and it came with two sets of wheels/tires. Both are Toyo RA1s mounted on stock "Plus sign" 13 inch wheels. One set was worn, while the other set was brand new, shaved and stickered, ready to go.

I'm in need of SOMETHING for rain/wet conditions.

I'm also wondering if it's a good idea to just run decent street tires instead of burning up race tires during my track days.

I would like to actually race some day, but for now, it's just track days. If I could make it to the track 6 times a year, I'd be one happy camper.

I know the car will handle differently running a street tire. But with just 100 miles of track time in the car, and maybe 350 miles of track time in my street car, will tires REALLY affect what I'm doing?

If I run Full tread RA1s in the rain, I could always use them as spares later on. If I run a street tire, they will last and last and last.

Thoughts? Tips?

Thanks,

Todd
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Old 11-18-04, 08:50 PM
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I'd run a full tread RA/1, actually, that's what I do
In a pinch, ithey can also serve as spare dry tires, should you have a problem with your shaved tires. They also are handy at holding down canopies

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RA1's are okay in rain.
About the only thing else I can think of is the A032R's.
But, there's been a bunch of new R compound DOT race rubber that has come out recently.
Check out the new Dunlop Super Sport(?) tire - check out Tire Rack - http://www.tirerack.com/


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I hear that the Hoosier dirt stockers are the best rain tire. But they arent an intermediate, they need to be run in standing water, or so I hear.
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Originally Posted by Rx7carl
I hear that the Hoosier dirt stockers are the best rain tire. But they arent an intermediate, they need to be run in standing water, or so I hear.
True, and they are untouchable in the really wet stuff. The rubber compound is super soft (almost like a dirt track tire) and it has to be wet to keep them cool. If there are any dry spots, especially on a road race track, the tire will quickly overheat and chunk. I've seen cars in standing water run them and they are in fact nearly unbelievable.
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But does it make sense to get a set of street tires

for practice/rain?

It sounds like most of you always run race tires.

Again, I'm just learning to drive and learn the tracks.

Looking forward to meeting some of you track guys.

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I wouldn't be using a hoosier dirt stocker for practice; Racing? Yes! (If we werne;t limited to Toyo's.)

Todd, I look forward to seeing you at the track. We are hard to miss



Which group(s) will you be running with?

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